Top-Half Finish in Blackpool

Last weekend (25th-27th April), UNISON Kinneil Band travelled down South to compete in the annual Senior Trophy competition held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The test piece for the competition was a transcription of the unfinished Opera Les francs Juges by Hector Berlioz.

Kinneil, under the direction of Musical Director Craig Anderson, were drawn a difficult 4th in the proceedings from a field of twenty top class bands from all over the country.  The band played extremely well on the contest platform with and produced a polished and controlled account of the classic work. Once the results were collated it was revealed that Kinneil achieved 8th place. Although the band felt slightly disappointed not to have gained a promotion spot, the 8th place means that the band has secured a place in the Senior Trophy and a late draw for competition next year.

Senior Trophy:

Test Piece: Les Francs Juges (Hector Berlioz, arr. Frank Wright)
Spanish Hall- Winter Gardens – Blackpool

Adjudicators: David Horsfield & Mike Kilroy

1. Friary Guildford (Chris King)*
2. City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) (Gareth Ritter)*
3. Drighlington (Jim Davies)*
4. St Dennis (Darren Hawken)*
5. Dalmellington (Richard Evans)
6. Oldham (Lees) (John Collins)
7. Lochgelly (Martyn Ramsay)
8. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson)
9. Spal Automotive Sovereign Brass (David Maplestone)
10. Rainford (Gareth Brindle)
11. Medway (Melvin White)
12. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
13. Hatfield Colliery (Stan Lippeatt)
14. Jackfield (Elcock Reisen) (John Ward)
15. Kidlington Concert Brass (Duncan Wilson)**
16. Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass (Charles Keenan)**
17. Bournemouth Concert Brass (Major David Barringer)**
18. Freckleton (Paul Dalton)**
19. Easington Colliery (Stuart Gray)**
20. Regent Brass (Paul Archibald)**

Best Instrumentalist: Kevin Moxon – Soprano (City of Cardiff)

*Promoted to Senior Cup
** Relegated from competition

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Podium Place at the Scottish

UNISON Kinneil Band finished 3rd in the First Section Scottish Championships that were held in Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 8th March. Performing the set test piece for the championships ’Cry of the Mountain’ by Howard Lorriman proved a stiff challenge for all 10 bands that took the Perth Concert Hall stage on the day. Kinneil drew a tough number 5 draw under the baton of Musical Director Craig Anderson but managed to produce a performance of real musical credit and this was a solid result in our re-building project. Although the band just missed out on promotion to the top section of Scottish banding the 3rd we receive an invite to the Scottish Shield Competition that is held in November.

Scottish First Section Full Results:
Adjudicators: Stan Lippeatt & David Hirst

1. Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace) – 190*
2. Bon Accord (Stephen Malcolm) – 188*
3. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson) – 186
4. Newmilns & Galston (Nigel Boddice) – 184
5. Bo’ness & Carriden (Bryan Allen) – 183
6. Dalkeith & Monktonhall (James Chamberlain)- 182
7. Bathgate (Andy Shaw) – 181
8. Broxburn & Livingston (Paul Stone) – 180
9. Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman) – 179
10. Croy Silver (Kenneth Blackwood) – 178

* Top 2 bands qualify for National Final

Best Horn: Bon Accord
Best Instrumentalist: Lewis Catto (euphonium) – Granite City Brass

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New Faces at Kinneil

UNISON Kinneil Band is delighted to announce the signing of four new players which completes our line up for the Scottish First Section Championships that place on Sunday 9 March 2014 in Perth.

Joining on Soprano Cornet is Katie Ankers from Kilmarnock Concert Brass. Sandy McGrattan who is Principal Trumpet with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra joins on the Solo Cornet rank while Kenny Brown signs from Kingdom Brass on the Principal Eb Bass chair. Completing the line-up is Camy Marr who re-joins the Kinneil Percussion Section after a short break from banding.

A spokesperson from the band commented ‘We are absolutely delighted to be securing the signings of these four top quality players. We have been working extremely hard over the last few months to prepare the set test piece ‘Cry of the Mountain’ with our Musical Director Craig Anderson and we hope this is the final piece in the jigsaw to regain our Championship status.”

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Bands in Concert

UNISON Kinneil Band will be in concert at Bo’ness Old Kirk on Thursday 27 February 2014 at 7.30pm.  Tickets priced £5 are available at the door.  This is a fundraising concert for the Bo’ness Old Kirk so please come along and support this venture.  Light refreshments will be available on the night.

The Kinneil Youth Band will be hosting a ‘Brass in the Kirk’ evening at Abbotsgrange Parish Church in Grangemouth on Saturday 15th February 2014 starting at 7pm. The youth band has struck up a great relationship with the members of the Abbotsgrange Church who have invited the youngsters back to perform once again in 2014. The event was very popular last year and the band will be performing a number of hymns and songs along with the church choir. If you are looking for some light entertainment why don’t you come along on the night?  Tickets priced at only £4 are on sale now from any band member or at the door on the evening.

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Prize Bingo

UNISON Kinneil Band are holding a Prize Bingo on Wednesday 26th February 2014 in Kinneil Bowling Club. Tickets for the night are priced at only £1. Tickets are on sale now and can be bought from Kinneil Bowling Club, Any Band Member or by calling Ruth Kelly (01506 828721).

EYES DOWN AT 7:30PM - Please bring your own cup.

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Frame back in the Picture

UNISON Kinneil Band are delighted to welcome back Davie Frame who has accepted the position of Bass Trombone within the band. Davie recently helped the Kinneil out on Solo Trombone during our recent appearance at the National Finals in Cheltenham. Davie brings a wealth of experience with him and can boast an impressive list of former bands on his CV that include Newtongrange, Newmains, Whitburn and most latterly Kingdom Brass.

Kinneil are currently on the lookout for a solo cornet and percussion players. If you are interested in joining a successful, progressive and championship winning band then get in contact with Band Secretary Robert Doherty on 01506 827761 or 07843421826 (

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7th Place at the National Finals

After many long months of fundraising and preparation UNISON Kinneil Band travelled down South to Cheltenham to compete in the Second Section National Championships of Great Britain on Saturday 21st September 2013. The band qualified for the national finals as Champions of Scotland after securing the title in March. The test piece was the challenging ‘Purcell Variations’ by world renowned brass band composer Kenneth Downie.

Under the direction of Musical Director Craig Anderson, we were unfortunate to draw an early number 2 slot in the playing proceedings from a field of eighteen Championship winning bands from all over the country.   The band gave an exciting and musically astute performance of this difficult set piece with some outstanding individual contributions from our ‘end chair’ players. Once the results were collated it was revealed that Kinneil achieved a very credible 7th place. Although the band felt slightly disappointed not to have gained a podium place we took many positives and a fabulous weekend of happy memories back up to Bo’ness!

Results – Second Section National Championship Finals of Great Britain

Saturday 21st September
Test Piece: ‘Purcell Variations’ – Kenneth Downie

Adjudicators: David Hirst & Glyn Williams
1. Goodwick Brass (Matthew Jenkins), 11
2. Bilton Silver (Rugby) (David Stowell), 5
3. Swindon Pegasus Brass (Graeme Lewis), 18
4. Middleton (Martyn Evans), 12
5. City of Cardiff (Mellingriffith) 2 (Gareth Ritter), 9
6. Epsom & Ewell Silver (Jack Smith), 10
7. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson), 2
8. Hitchin (Craig Patterson), 16
9. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks), 13
10. York Railway Institute (Gordon Eddison), 4
11. Whitworth Vale & Healey (John Binns), 17
12. Pendennis Brass Falmouth (Steve Thomas), 15
13. Cornerstone Brass (Damien Wileman), 8
14. Ware (Philip Littlemore), 1
15. Wigston (Garry Sleath), 7
16. Bathgate (Andy Shaw), 14
17. Ripon City (Malcolm Dibb), 3
18. Hoover (Bolton) (Trevor Halliwell), 6

Best Instrumentalist: Paul Bennett (tenor horn) – Bilton Silver (Rugby)

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The loss of Alex Melville

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UNISON Kinneil Band is sad to announce the news that former principal cornet player Alex Melville has passed away after losing his battle with cancer.

Alex first joined Kinneil as a young boy while the band was still formed as a military style band. He then progressed with the band into the brass world in 1953. During the 1960’s  he claimed three Scottish Championships winner medals with Kinneil. Another striking example of his musical prowess is the fact that Alex has his name engraved on the winner’s trophy while playing Euphonium and also Principal Cornet – a feat that we are sure has never been replicated since! He was also part of the Kinneil Band that secured a historic win at the 1959 First Section National Finals in London.

Alex left Kinneil in the late 1960’s and had a terrifically successful period playing with the Whitburn Band. Alex has also played with a host of bands throughout Scotland and also had a successful period playing principal cornet ‘down the road’ with the Bo’ness and Carriden Band. Alex made a final appearance with  UNISON Kinneil at the 2010 Spring Festival competition where he played on the Repiano Cornet chair. Alex was also a keen jazz musician and was often seen playing cornet with the Dave King Jazz trio.

Alex – a complete legend within the banding world and a true gentleman will be sadly missed by everyone involved with Kinneil band. We offer our utmost condolences to all his family and friends at this difficult time. His funeral takes place on Monday 2nd September at 10:15am in Carriden Parish Church then onto Falkirk Crematorium at 11:30am.

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Night at the Movies Concert

Come along and enjoy a “Night at the Movies” with UNISON Kinneil Band on Friday 23 August 2013 at 7.30pm in Fisons Social Club.  The band will be playing many of your favourite film themes and just like the cinema there will be refreshments and snacks available!

Tickets priced £5 are available by contacting Brian Holmes on 01506 822388, Ruth Kelly on 01506 828721 or from any band member.  This is a fundraiser for our forthcoming trip to the National Finals so please come along and support the band.

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